The paper deals with issues related to how some German sociologists understand work crisis. The discussed topics are arranged according to the scale of problems connected with the concept of work as a value around which man's activity concentrates. The first chapter brings an analysis of work in the approach of the classics of sociology (M. Weber, K. Mannheim) while the second chapter looks at the views of contemporary authors. The third chapter signals certain new trends in tackling those issues representative for scholars in the unified Federal Republic of Germany.
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